GREEN BUILDING CERTIFICATIONS

There are many different green building certifications that both commercial and residential real estate can obtain. In order to meet one of the primary objectives the project team has selected those that are highly regarded within the building industry to create a unique visual compare and contrast experience.

 Additionally, there has never been a single project that has sought 8 different green building certifications in the country.

Green Globes is an online assessment protocol, rating system, and guidance for green building design, operation and management.  It is interactive, flexible and affordable, and provides market recognition of a building’s environmental attributes through third-party assessment.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (L.E.E.D.) is an internationally recognized green building certification system, providing third-party verification that a building or community was designed and built using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. This four tier (certified, silver, gold, and platinum) rating system is sponsored by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and has been in place since 2000. 

Living Building Challenge 3.0 is a cohesive standard – pulling together the most progressive thinking from the worlds of architecture, engineering, planning, landscape design and policy. It is comprised of seven performance areas, or ‗Petals‘: Site, Water, Energy, Health, Materials, Equity and Beauty. Petals are subdivided into a total of twenty Imperatives, each of which focuses on a specific sphere of influence.

National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certification goes well beyond saying a home is energy efficient; it provides independent, third-party verification that a home, apartment building, or land development is designed and built to achieve high performance in six key areas: Site Design, Resource Efficiency, Water Efficiency, Energy Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, and Building Operation & Maintenance.

Passive House Standard is energy efficient, cost effective, comfortable, affordable, economic and sustainable. It represents today's highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 80% compared to standard buildings. The system uses the free heat sources inside of the building envelope - e.g. the heat from the persons in the house and from solar energy entering through windows – and the heating system is simplified significantly. Special windows and an envelope built from highly efficient insulation panels help to keep the heat inside. Fresh air is constantly delivered by a ventilation system without drafts. A highly efficient heat recovery unit reduces the ventilation losses to a great extent. 

Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF) uses a proprietary rating system with around 22 separate areas pertaining to sustainability for Office, Multi-Family Residential, Retail, Manufacturing & Distribution, Hospital and Institutional Facilities. Before beginning the certification process, applicants must hire a certified SERF Professional (SP) to verify the application. Only SERF Professionals (SPs) offer the requisite third party verification of applications for SERF certification. This independent verification is essential to maintain the integrity of the SERF seal.

Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (SITES™) is an interdisciplinary effort by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center at The University of Texas at Austin and the United States Botanic Garden to create voluntary national guidelines and performance benchmarks for sustainable land design, construction and maintenance practices. Although in is developmental stages, this program works in conjunction with L.E.E.D. to expand upon the current site initiatives.                 

WELL Building Standard® (WELL) is the world‘s first building standard focused exclusively on human health and wellness. It marries best practices in design and construction with evidence-based medical and scientific research – harnessing the built environment as a vehicle to support human health and wellbeing. The seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard are Air, Water, Nourishment, Light, Fitness, Comfort, and Mind.

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